Wetley Rocks youngster mixes with the stars
George Bould, from Wetley Rocks, in Staffordshire, spent a day with the stars on Monday 11th September, 2017, after being invited to attend a charity fundraising day organised by GFI, part of an American global financial service with offices in the City of London financial district.
The charity day was created to commemorate the company’s 658 friends and colleagues and 61 Eurobrokers employees, who perished as a result of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in 2001.
The annual event sees 100% of global revenues from the day being shared, through the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, to dozens of charities around the world including Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
George, aged 11, is in remission from Wilms’ tumour, a cancer of the kidneys that typically occurs in children.
George benefited from Caudwell Children’s annual Destination Dreams holiday to Disney World, in Florida, in 2015. Each year the trip gives 25 children, with life limiting conditions, the opportunity of a once-in-a-lifetime holiday.
The charity invited a number of VIP celebrity supporters and beneficiaries to attend the London event, which sees the VIPs brokering deals over the phone on the busy trading floor.
“It was amazing, the place was full of celebrities everywhere you looked,” explained George. “I met and chatted with loads of them including the boxers, David Haye and Chris Eubank, and the former Liverpool player and Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson.”
George’s dad, Jason, said his son had a fabulous day. He said: “George was treated like a celebrity with great hospitality and kindness from everyone involved.
“It was an unbelievable day for him and he also got to meet the former West Ham player Sir Trevor Brooking, former England manager Sam Allardyce, rugby player Jeremy Guscott and the model and television presenter Jodie Kidd.
“The celebrities did a great job raising funds for Caudwell Children, and we can’t thank them enough for thinking of George, and giving him such a great experience that I know he’ll treasure forever.”
Kerry Davies, Events Manager at Caudwell Children, was delighted that the charity had been invited to take part in the event, once again, and said it will have a huge impact on disabled children in Staffordshire. As she explained: “It’s poignant, and yet inspiring, that out of such tragedy an event like this will have such a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of disabled children across Staffordshire and the UK.
“Last year we raised a staggering £75,000 and with the help of our VIP celebrity guests and beneficiaries, we’re hoping to raise a similar amount this year.”
Since its inception the charity day has raised in excess of £65 million globally.
You can donate to Caudwell Children here.